A naming ceremony is a natural rite of passage where we celebrate and give thanks for a child’s life, formally name them and make promises to ensure theirr future happiness and wellbeing. All parents or guardians are proud of their new and special member of the family and many want to welcome the new arrival with a celebration surrounded by family and friends. Naming ceremonies are purely celebratory and are not a requirement by law. They offer a beautiful alternative to a christening or religious ceremony, providing you with the opportunity to welcome your child into the family and affirm your love and commitment to them surrounded by the most important people in their life.
You are able to choose where and when you hold the ceremony and can include whatever you feel would be most appropriate. Many families are happy to use their own home. Today, more parents feel less comfortable about traditional church christenings because they do not hold any religious beliefs themselves or prefer to allow their child to discover their own beliefs as they grow older. There are some lovely and inspiring ways to make the naming ceremony even more memorable. Some have chosen to plant a tree in their garden as part of the ceremony so it can blossom and grow alongside the child. Others have followed cultural rituals such as ‘patchwork quilts’. Parents or Godparents of girls can follow the Victorian custom of presenting a single pearl on the anniversary of the naming ceremony or on her birthday each year so that by the time she is 21; she has enough pearls for a necklace!
What to do next?
If you would like to discuss further, I can arrange to meet you to plan the ceremony in accordance with your wishes, explore how you would like to stage or carry out the event and discover any special arrangements. Following the initial meeting, I would then prepare a draft for the ceremony, which we can then finalise together. Everyone declares they are happy and I then conduct the ceremony on the day.